The American-born editor of the British literary magazine Granta presents a horrifying, searing account of the young British men who turn soccer matches at. Buy Among The Thugs New Ed by Bill Buford (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin’ Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester.

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Once someone chooses to cross a line, everyone collectively chooses to agree to step over the line, or holds back. One of many American moments of crowd violence that appeared well before the publication does not appear: InRichard Danzigformer student of political guru Michael G.

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It’s a good book, a bit repetitive I read this after Justin from the Point Blank podcast recommended it. Jun 17, Phil Rose rated it it was amazing. This is, of course, an overly simplistic summary of what Buford discovers, but what he comes to understand and convey to the reader is that all the so-called experts on the nature of crowds—from LeBron onwards—often culled their observations from second-hand sources and spun their theories anong the safe distance of their ivory towers, often with an emphasis that absolves society from its complicity.

Buford’s first topic is the crowd itself, human individuality compressed into the herd, submerged in the crush, the chanting, the mass of movements. Crowds are primitive, barbaric. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England’s soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. As was the case with Heat, Buford is overly conversational really never a reason to put “I must admit” in writing and in need of a friend with a red pen.


I was surprised by what I found; moreover, because I came away with a knowledge that I had not possessed before, I was also grateful, and surprised by that rhugs well. The police become the thugs that Buford so denigrates, but Buford does not think of them as thugs.

He also seemed amazed that scores fewer police are needed to control the crowds and that generally speaking everybody who comes to a game has a paid ticket. It takes something willing to go pretty far to call it one of the most intense reads I’ve ever had.

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These fans are not merely waiting for a goal to be scored, they are waiting for the moment of release to wage war. Home News Sport Business. Basically, he gets your heart pumping from time to time. And when they do, they riot. But ultimately, this book is about The Lads and their mythos. Ubford bored, empty, decadent generation consists of nothing more than what it appears to be. Dozens of violent encounters at each game?

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Too many times Buford told us he didn’t know the outcome of something. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Among the Thugs. View all subscription options. They have grievances, and the grievances has extended bufoord the breaking point.

The only thing that matters is the willingness to take charge, perhaps a true meritocracy. I really loved this book.

In those, just like in the Yugoslavia example, people are revolting against oppression. It’s a good book, a bit repetitive perhaps, lacking a central cast, lacking cohesion possibly. Be this as it were, I still managed to rampage through this book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s “important,” it presents something I don’t fully agree with or understand, and the writing is damn fine.

Bill Buford, an American export to Britain, began an exploration of sports violence after he had the misfortune to take a train that was being systematically destroyed by hundreds of Liverpool soccer team supporters – the police seemingly unable to control the riot, indeed as afraid as the other passengers. Buford offers up several theories for why these “hooligans” who are by and large normal law abiding citizens by day commit unspeakable acts of violence in the nam Only Bill Buford could take subject matter so disturbing and write about it in a way that is both sensitive and compelling.


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There is a particularly savage image of a drunk “supporter,” as Buford calls the hooligans, throwing lighted matches on the shoes of a well-to-do businessman riding in first-class, perhaps hoping to set the man’s pants on fire, the man trying to ignore the barbaric gesture. Copyrights Among the Thugs from BookRags.

It is fascinating to watch, or rather read, as Buford condemns the populace for standing up to unjust, fascist regimes. I found myself looking into a particularly ugly mouth.

See 1 question about Among the Thugs…. What he depicts as an idle curiosity about a strange feature of English culture, much sensationalized by the press, biol a multiyear sociological study. They do it for the same reason that another generation drank too much, or smoked dope, or took hallucinogenic drugs, or behaved badly or rebelliously.

At work the other day, while watching City play United in the Manchester derby, I tried to explain to a co-worker why there was so much enmity between the two teams. Feb 21, Moira Burke rated it really liked it. Kimber and a senior advisor to U.

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